Thursday, Dec. 5, at 12:45 p.m., the public will get an opportunity to watch students and faculty of the University of Memphis' music department perform holiday classics at the annual Holiday Music Concert in the Harris Concert Hall located in the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music.
Performers include the University Choir, the Tuba Ensemble, a jazz trombone ensemble, and two different string ensembles, all of which are student groups.
What makes this year's concert interesting is the fact that Channel 13 will be taping the concert and playing it live for their audience on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, according to Kevin Sanders, assistant music professor and member of the faculty-based Memphis Brass Quartet.
"While there will not be any original compositions being played, not all of the music is going to be holiday music," he said. "As a matter of fact, the two string ensembles will be playing Mozart and Haydn."
Some of the other groups will be playing holiday music with a bit of a twist, which Sanders described as being "kind of a cool thing."
"For instance, you might hear 'Jingle Bells,' but it's a very different version that one of our students arranged," he said.
Sanders added that the holiday concert has always been a way for the music department to thank the campus and the community.
"We just want to get people into the holiday spirit," he said.